Research Associate(s) x3 (Modelling of MOF Formation and Growth) in The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath, UK

We are looking for up to three Research Associates to join our team modelling the self-assembly, crystal growth and thin film formation of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), a project funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant. The post is available from the 1st of February 2019 for 18 months. The successful candidates will be responsible for developing simulation methods to study MOF formation across different length scales.

MOFs are considered promising materials for many applications such as gas separation, drug delivery or sensors for which MOFs in form of nanoparticles, composite materials or thin films are required. For MOFs to realise their potential and to become more than just promising materials, a degree of predictability in the synthesis and the properties of the resulting material is paramount and the full multi-scale pathway from molecular assembly to crystal growth and thin film formation needs to be better understood. We have been developing methods to describe the self-assembly and early growth stages of MOFs as well as nanoparticle properties and are looking to expand our team to model in particular nanoparticle and defect formation.

Applicants should have a PhD in computational or theoretical chemistry, chemical engineering, condensed matter physics or a related discipline. The post holders require a strong background in relevant classical molecular simulation methods, preferably with experience in materials modelling, ab initio modelling and / or multi-scale modelling as well as strong programming skills. A proven track record in conducting high quality research, evidenced by publications in peer reviewed journals as well as excellent communication skills are essential. Applications should include a CV and covering letter explaining the interest in and suitability for the position.

Each post is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis, with an ideal start date of February 2019 and an anticipated expiry date of 31 July 2020.

Informal enquiries are encouraged to Prof Tina Düren t.duren@bath.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Closing date Wednesday 12 December 2018

Interview date Tuesday 18 December 2018

Reference CT6297

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